Arsenal clinched a vital victory in the race for fourth place in the Premier League by beating West Ham 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. Rob Holding gave Arsenal the lead when he headed home Bukayo Saka’s pinpoint corner to net his first ever Premier League goal.
West Ham went in level at half-time thanks to Jarrod Bowen’s deflected finish, but the away side re-took the lead shortly after the break through Gabriel Magalhaes’ diving header from Gabriel Martinelli’s back-post dink. Eddie Nketiah had a few chances to make it 3-1 after the Hammers pushed for another equaliser, but it never came as Arsenal moved back in fourth place following Tottenham’s 3-1 win over Leicester.
After Tottenham won earlier in the day, the pressure was on Arsenal to win out against the Hammers. For West Ham, it was a bit of a lax performance, albeit understandable, given their efforts in Europe and the fact they have a huge second leg ahead of them coming up.
Three consecutive wins from Chelsea (a), Man U (h) and West Ham (a). That is absolutely massive. Fitting that this result sees Arsenal confirmed as finishing in the top six this season. The Gunners are heading back to Europe in some fashion.